Published on: 02/22/19
If you’re a woman capable of menstruating, you’d be one of very few if you said you’d never experienced the stomach twisting cramps that come on during that time of the month. Some get away with just an edge of discomfort, others can’t say they’re that lucky.
One increasingly common reason for major monthly discomfort is down to a debilitating disorder called endometriosis. This disorder affects approximately 1 in 10 women worldwide and is characterized by the abnormal growth of endometrial tissue–uterine lining–outside of the uterus.
Endometriosis can occur in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, the outer side of the uterus and elsewhere; which when shed, causes incredible pain and discomfort.
And it isn’t just pain that people with endometriosis have to deal with. Unfortunately, many will also struggle with infertility, excessive bleeding, and nausea, and have issues with having bowel movements and urination among other things.
Yet, relief for those with endometriosis hasn’t developed much passed over the counter or opioid-based painkillers, hormone therapy and contraception, and invasive surgery.
In recent years though, more and more women have discovered a far more natural, side-effect free, pain relief alternative. CBD has been repeatedly championed by those with chronic pain issues; and would you have it, by those with endometriosis too.
So, to find out for ourselves, we decided to ask our community to put CBD suppositories for endometriosis relief to the test. Rachel from the US got back to us with her own experiences using Endoca’s 500mg CBD suppositories - and the results were pretty impressive.
So to start, can you tell us when your health issues really began?
“My health issues started when I was 17. I was first diagnosed with chronic kidney stones and from there my health got worse. I was later diagnosed with Endometriosis, GERD [gastroesophageal reflux disease], IC [Interstitial Cystitis], Anxiety, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Migraines and just recently Celiac Disease.”
Quite a number, indeed! How did this affect your quality of life or your relationships with friends and family?
“It affected my life a great deal. As to day to day, I couldn’t plan my life anymore because I never knew how I would feel the next day. My relationships fell apart.”
What were the first signs of illness that you noticed and when did you decide to go to the doctors?
“My first signs I noticed were how much more painful my periods were and how sick I would get. I was feeling sad, anxious, stomach pains, body pains, and headaches.”
However, when we then asked Rachel how long it took to be diagnosed with endometriosis, the sad and all but uncommon response was “a long time”.
In fact, she tells us, “The doctors would tell me it was all in my head. It took me 5 years to get diagnosed. I spent all those years getting pushed back and forth with doctors.”
And this only makes sense when you find out that the average time it takes to be diagnosed with endometriosis is a staggering 7.5 years. Unfortunately, there is a great lack of empathy and understanding surrounding female health - and, much like many others, Rachel was left in incredible pain and without a proper treatment plan for many years.
After your diagnosis, what kind of medication or lifestyle changes were you advised to adopt by your health care professional?
“I’m on a lot of medication, Wellbutrin, Clonazepam, Gabapentin, Flexeril, Junel 1/20, Hyoscyamine, Pantoprazole, Topamax, hydroxyzine & Advil. They keep adding more medicine.”
And even though diet is widely recognized as a key component of managing this disorder, Rachel told us then that, “They never gave me a diet to try.”
Below, Rachel highlights her day on a plate—or rather the long list of pharmaceutical medications she’s on, many of which don’t provide enough relief to warrant their use.
However, Rachel’s true relief didn’t start until she found a Facebook community page, where she noticed many of her peers talking about their own incredible results from using a natural plant extract; CBD.
After you read about CBD oil and where it came from, did you have any hesitation in wanting to try it for yourself?
“I did have concerns because the products are expensive and I didn’t want to keep putting money out and not having anything help me.”
So in the end, what made you want to give CBD a go?
“I decided I wanted to try it because I didn’t have anything to lose”.
While other companies have suppositories for anal insertion alone, Endoca 500mg CBD Suppositories may be used either vaginally or anally. And yes, while being an administration method that many people would rather not pick as a first choice, it was still something Rachel believed would allow her comfort.
She says lightly of her experiences “It was difficult to get the suppositories in at first, but eventually I got the hang of it.”
Finally, Rachel, tell us what changes CBD has made to your life?
“CBD has helped my life drastically. The suppositories help my IC and Endometriosis tremendously. I didn’t think I could get that kind of relief from it… when I’m having IC flares and with my Endometriosis, I can plan my life better since the suppositories help my pain.”
“The suppositories worked amazingly. They helped immensely with my pain. These are one of the only things that have helped me.”
To keep up with Rachel’s story of healing, why not join the Endoca CBD Community Facebook page, where Rachel and others using cannabis extracts talk freely of products they find helpful for their particular health needs.
Have you had similar stories of triumphing over your own health issues that seemed near impossible before CBD?
Here at Endoca, we are lucky enough to have developed an open-minded and caring community of people who thrive off mutual stories of hope and inspiration. If you, like Rachel, have had positive experiences using CBD, please do not hesitate to send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plus, just by sending your story, you will be placed into our Community Story Competition, which gifts one of our community story participants $1000 worth of Endoca products. We look forward to hearing your experiences so that we may continue shedding light on all the possibilities of cannabis in the world.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).